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French Court Simplifies Assisted Reproduction for Lesbian Moms

6a00d8341c730253ef019b00262017970b-800wiThe AP reports: France's highest court has ruled that same-sex parents can adopt children born in other countries by assisted reproduction.

France has a law that limits assisted reproduction to heterosexual couples who have been together for two years. This has driven many gay couples to go abroad for assisted reproduction. 

Until now, in such cases only a child's birth mother would be legally acknowledged as a legal parent, but now the other partner will be able to adopt.

Last year, France legalized gay adoption and gay marriage, but kinks such as this one are still being ironed out for same-sex French parents.


CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Marries Carolis Deal: VIDEO

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Longtime LGBT rights activist and friend of Harvey Milk Tom Ammiano recently wed partner Carolis Deal in San Francisco. Ammiano, a California assemblyman, reportedly brought guests together at the Delancey Street Foundation without too many clues as to the precise nature of the event. From the San Francisco Sentinel:

So after several songs from jazz singer Paula West starting out with “Thanks for the Memories” and including “Anything Goes” and “Night and Day” both by Cole Porter, there was a video of Tom accomplishments as a political leader at the Board of Supervisors and at the State legislature. After his response to the video Tom introduced Harry Britt and announced that Harry would preside over his wedding to Carolis Deal

Watch a video tribute shown at the wedding, chronicling Ammiano's many accomplishments over the years, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Photo via Twitter)

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Conservative Group at Northwestern Offers Chick-Fil-A At Gay Marriage 'Debate', Infuriates Students

ChickThe Northwestern Law School chapter of the Federalist Society on Monday sent out an invitation to a debate on same-sex marriage that prominently featured food from notorious anti-gay fast-food chain, Chick-fil-a. As Above the Law reports, the Chick-fil-a logo is noticeably the largest item on the invitation, which was sent to the entire school’s listserv, egging on students who support equality. The response to the invite was fast and furious. One student replied,

As tired as I am of having my rights challenged and up for debate, I am all about conversations and discussions. I look forward to the day when this topic is as inappropriate as a panel on the legitimacy of marriage between those of different races, but I’m willing to be patient.

I am all about free market economy and supporting companies that share your values.

Still, I feel like serving Chick-fil-a is an extremely inappropriate and insensitive decision on behalf of the Federalist Society.

I’m disappointed.

Hope your event goes well. I will not be attending.

While another chose to respond satirically,

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Quickly, a coalition of student organizations rallied together in protest of the Federalist Society’s hateful stance, calling on students to wear purple to the event and boycott the “hate chicken” provided:

A coalition of student organizations at Northwestern Law, including OUTLaw, DivCo, ACS, BLSA, LLSA, and NU Dems, highly encourages students to attend tomorrow’s FedSoc function in RB180 on marriage equality. Dialogue and discussion on the marriage equality issue are welcome, especially as the anti-equality movement (as exemplified by the FedSoc’s speaker, Ryan Anderson) continues to find itself in the minority. A pro-equality message, one that Northwestern Law aims to exemplify, should be heard at the event.

Ryan Anderson, mentioned above, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his hateful dissent in United States v. Windsor


Key & Peele Explain What To Expect At A Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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The comedic duo is back with new episodes of their Comedy Central show. In anticipation of tonight's season opener, they released a teaser trailer taking a hilarious look at expectations surrounding gay weddings.

Watch as they go over gay hymns, the straight and the gay sides of the aisle, whether to throw cous cous instead of rice, and more, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Louisiana State Officials Request 5th Circuit Fast-Track Appeal of Same-Sex Marriage Case

LAFollowing Federal Judge Martin Feldman's ruling earlier this month that upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, the first federal ruling to uphold a marriage ban since the Supreme Court gutted DOMA in United States v. Windsor, state officials in Louisiana have asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to fast-track the appeal of Judge Feldman's ruling and lump it together with a similar case concerning Texas' ban on same-sex marriage already before the 5th Circuit. Equality on Trial reports:

The request notes that there’s already an appeal pending in one marriage case – DeLeon v. Perry, challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage ban – and the state asks the court to assign the same three-judge panel to both cases.

The request to put the case on a fast-track comes as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs are already being filed in the Texas appeal. The filing assumes that the Fifth Circuit will put at least the Texas case on the November argument calendar. There’s enough time for both appeals to be argued in November.

The request is unopposed.

Meanwhile, we now have the ruling from Louisiana State Judge Edward Rubin who, contrary to Judge Feldmand, recently found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. READ it, AFTER THE JUMP...

However, same-sex couples in Louisiana still cannot marry despite Judge Rubin's ruling. As BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports, state officials claim that "final judgment" is still needed before the matter can move forward:

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CALIFORNIA: Police Investigate 'Nasty' Homophobic Slurs At Gay Wedding, Locals Come To The Rescue - VIDEO

Oscar De Las Salas and his partner of seven years, Gary Jackson

Police have announced that they intend to investigate after Arizonans Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had their August 17th California wedding ruined by homophobic slurs coming from the balcony of a nearby condo complex, reports ABC 10 News.

De Las Salas, Jackson and thirty guests had gathered in Centennial Park, Coronado to exchange vows. However, cellphone footage shows the officiant standing in front of the couple while someone is shouting the words "homos" and "go home homos."

De Las Salas has since received a call from Coronado police who are aiming to determine if the attack was free speech or threatening speech and a hate crime.

CaResponding to Jackson, who said that the abuser “took a chunk of what should have been a beautiful day and turned it into something nasty and full of hate,” Coronado local Alisa Kerr and a group of her friends have offered to throw the couple a vow renewal party.

"We wanted to make it right," said Kerr. “We didn't want that to be a reflection of Coronado. We take a lot of pride in being helpful, kind, generous and accepting. Let's celebrate their love and show them people are one thing that makes Coronado a special place to be."

Kerr added that Loews Coronado Bay Resort, several bands and restaurants and a wedding planner have volunteered their services.

De Las Salas has received more than 2,000 supportive emails since the initial report.

Watch his reaction on being told about Kerr’s offer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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